Three Gold Medals Lead To Second Place Finish At New Englands
May 11, 2013
EASTON, Mass. - The Minutewomen finished the weekend tied for second of 35 with 80 points in the 2013 Outdoor New England Championship on Saturday at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. The women's track and field team tied UMass Lowell and was just 11.5-points away from Rhode Island in first.
Becky Stoyle leaped 41-feet, 10.75-inches in the triple jump, winning her fourth gold medal of 2013. Stoyle is the first Minutewoman to win the indoor and outdoor A-10 and New England Championship in the last decade. The sophomore is currently ranked 11th in NCAA East Regionals and 21st in the country with her personal best of 42-feet, 3.75-inches.
Kelsey Crawford moved up to second all-time at UMass in the heptathlon with her second gold medal performance of the season. Crawford then threw a personal best 45-feet, 1.75-inches in the shot put later in the meet to grab fifth in the event.
In the midst of a fight for first place with Rhode Island the Minutewomen made one last push for first place in the 4x800 meter relay. Meghan Leahy, Sarah Bittermann and Courtney Neves all left Katie Powers in position for a battle with Rhode Island's Nichole Sarkis in the final 800 meters of the event. Powers closed the gap in order to race shoulder to shoulder the final 200 meters and was able to win the photo finish at 9-minutes, 0.15-seconds. The time was the team's fourth gold medal of the competition and the time stands as the third best in UMass history.
Nalis Mbianda placed second in the shot put to wrap up her collegiate career. The Newton, Mass. native threw a personal best 47-feet, 11.25-inches, bettering her own second best all-time mark at UMass.
UMass proved its depth in the triple jump as all three competitors placed in the top eight. Led by Stoyle, Ashley Palmer set a personal best in the event after running the 100 meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. Palmer leaped 38-feet, 3.5-inches for a fourth place finish. Courtney Kromko scored just behind Palmer in fifth place with a 38-foot, 3.25-inch jump.
Katie Osborne was able to score in the heptathlon for the Minutewomen. The freshman scored 4,390 points in the event and finished seventh overall.
Carly Zinner set a personal best in the 1,500 meter run, crossing the finish line at 4-minutes, 39.76-seconds. The quad of Emma Riedel, Michelle Jenssen, Ashley Palmer and Katherine Finnegan all ran a season best time in the 4x100 meter run. Their time of 48.08-seconds was good enough for ninth in the event.
This is the majority of the team's final meet of the year but the Minutewomen will bring a select few to the NCAA East Regionals in two weeks in Greensboro, N.C.
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